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January 23, 2013

China
Presidential Inbox: The Constant Irrititant of Cybersecurity in Asia

Mr. President, as you look toward Asia in your second term, cybersecurity will be a grain of sand in the eye, a major irritant but not one that blocks the larger vision of what you hope to accomplish…

U.S. President Barack Obama recites his oath of office as first lady Michelle Obama looks on during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 21, 2013.

April 12, 2013

The World Next Week: Britons Mourn Thatcher, Venezuela Votes, and the IMF and World Bank Meet

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Margaret Thatcher’s legacy, the Venezuelan elections, and the World Bank and IMF meetings in Washington. [audio: http://www.cfr.org/con…

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher receives a standing ovation at the Conservative Party Conference in 1989 (Stringer/UK/Courtesy Reuters).

May 24, 2013

The World Next Week: Nawaz Sharif Becomes Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Joe Biden Visits South America, and the United States Celebrates Memorial Day

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the Pakistan’s newly elected prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Joe Biden’s trip to South America, and Memorial Day [audio: http://www.cfr.or…

Nawaz Sharif casts his vote in Pakistan's May 11 general election (Mohsin Raza/Courtesy Reuters).

August 8, 2013

Political Transitions
Guest Post: What Happens When “Foreign Fighter” Means American?

Julia Trehu is an intern in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. As the civil war rages in Syria, the arrival of foreign combatants in the region has become a troubl…

Syria Fighter

July 16, 2013

International Organizations
Guest Post: UNSC Debate on the Protection of Journalists in Armed Conflict

Julia Trehu is an intern in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. On Wednesday, July 17, the United States Mission to the United Nations (UN), which holds the UN Secu…

June 28, 2013

China
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of June 28, 2013

Sharone Tobias and Will Piekos look at the top five stories in Asia this week. 1. Julia Gillard is ousted as Australia’s prime minister, replaced by Kevin Rudd. Australia’s first female prime minist…

Australia's new Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, gestures at a news conference at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices in Brisbane on February 24, 2012.

July 30, 2013

United States
Report: U.S. Policies for Reducing Gun Violence in the Americas

Julia Sweig is the Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America Studies and director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Joel Hernandez is a research associ…

Weapons confiscated from FARC rebels

September 5, 2013

The World Next Week: The United States Remembers September 11, Congress Votes on Syria, Australia Holds Elections

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the commemoration of September 11, the congressional vote on Syria, and the Australian general election. [audio: http://www.cfr.org/con…

The Tribute in Light art installation illuminates the New York sky on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center (Eduardo Munoz/Courtesy Reuters).

July 15, 2014

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
BRICS and Mortals

Leaders of the BRICS--Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa--meet in Rio today to swap World Cup stories and launch a long-discussed "BRICS Bank." The bank creates two funds--a development l…

November 6, 2014

United States
Ten Cold War Films Worth Watching

The Cold War has provided the grist for rich histories, enlightening memoirs, and terrific novels. It has also provided source material for some great movies. Here in alphabetical order are my ten fa…

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